I respond to the July 18 Dispatch article "Deal has prisons reducing power usage in high heat."
I respond to the July 18 Dispatch article “Deal has prisons reducing power usage in high heat.”
Reducing power in high heat not only is inhumane, but shows the lack of concern toward inmates’ health and security (one of many causes of riots). If our only option of cooling off is a fan, what will happen in a confined area with 175 people, 97-degree heat and no air conditioning?
In reality, the temperature gauge read 94 degrees on Monday and 97 degrees on Tuesday during the power outage. The worst part about the heat was that there was no way to escape it.
The article said ice was provided and inmates could take showers and use a mister outside to cool off.
Ice was provided one time each day the power was off. The showers stayed off because they run on electricity at London Correctional Institute. The mister was available for two hours on July 15 and on July 16.
Not to worry, though: Air conditioning remained on in staff offices that usually have it.
The prison reduces power during heat advisories to receive financial kickbacks. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was paid $392,570 in 2010, $723,121 in 2011 and $260,837 last year. And inmates pay the department $1 for their own electric device. How much more money does the department need?
I think the power agreement is unconstitutional.